Camera Acting Summer Institute


Session A
June 19 - July 2, 2021

Session B
July 5 - July 18, 2021

UCLA Course Credit: Theater 72 (2 units)
Two Week Online Program


Program Overview

The UCLA Camera Acting Summer Institute is a virtual two-week, UC credit-bearing, intensive program for students interested in the performing arts. This program encompasses voice, scene study, storytelling, and on-camera acting training classes. The combination of these courses will teach every student about the process of relating to the camera lens and approaches to understanding a script so that specific choices can be made to prepare and connect in the audition room. Students will learn the technical components of acting for the camera, writing and filming their own content, while gaining hands-on experience on how to execute a self-tape audition. Beyond the classroom, students will attend guest workshops, and learn the art of virtual collaboration.

The program is designed for high school students who seek the discipline and training required for participation in a university on-camera program or a career in the entertainment industry.

Admission to the program is by digital audition and instructor consent (See REGISTRATION section below for more information). As part of the application process, each applicant must submit a letter of reference from a high school instructor verifying the applicant's talent and ability to successfully participate in a disciplined and rigorous performing arts program. In addition to the letter of reference, we encourage each applicant to submit a resume. Both the letter of reference and the resume can be uploaded during the application process. Please note that all levels are encouraged to apply.


Program Eligibility

To apply for the Camera Acting Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Enrolled in grades 8th – 12th during Spring 2021

Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not apply and should consider other summer opportunities.

Application Requirements

To participate in the Camera Acting Summer Institute, students must apply and receive acceptance into the program. The program requirements are as follows:

  • A 500 word essay responding to the following prompt: How do you plan to impact the world through your storytelling?
  • A letter of reference from a teacher, director, or similar that can attest to the applicant's theatrical ability, challenges, and areas for growth. Please either upload the letter after submitting your registration form OR have your recommender email the letter to (PDF format with your 5-digit registration number).
  • A resume. If you do not have a resume, submit a brief description of your theatrical and/or artistic experience.
  • A video of a 1- 1½ minute monologue or improvised scene. Please see Audition Guidelines below.

The essay will be prompted on the registration form. Both the letter of reference and the resume can be uploaded (.pdf) during the application process. For the video component, you will need to upload your video and make it private to YouTube, Vimeo, or similar site, and paste the private link during the application process. Note: All responses and links will not be accessible to edit in any form after submission of the application.


Preparing For Your Digital Audition

You will need to upload one file into a private link on either YouTube or Vimeo and include the password to your private link. The link will be your audition, which consists of your slate and your monologue.

Slate: Please provide your name, the name of the play your piece is from, the character's name, and the playwright. There is no need to explain what is happening in the play. Feel free to say hello to us.

Monologue Length: 1- 1 ½ minutes is preferred

How to shoot the monologue: Frame it so that you are facing the camera for a medium to close up shot. Please use your best judgment for what will work best for your monologue. If you will be moving during your monologue, a medium shot may be better. You may choose to speak into the camera or slightly off camera. Please remember to review your takes, see what works, and adjust as needed before submitting your audition. Trust the process and do not be overly critical of yourself.

Audition Guidelines

  • Audition against a blank wall or door.
  • Please do the monologue in one take.
  • If you would like to shoot your slate in a separate take and then edit the take of your monologue into one file, that is fine.
  • You may shoot it from your phone or tablet. We are not worried about high production value. The most important thing is that we can see you and hear you.
  • Do not do a scene with someone reading lines off camera.
  • Do not send prior performances or tapings from plays. Record a new video according to the audition specs for purposes of this application.
  • Do not put pressure on yourself to deliver the "perfect" audition. Do your personal best, be authentic, and don't forget to have fun.

How To Apply

Application for the Camera Acting Summer Institute can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form starting February 15. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration.”
  2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
  3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, including your essay response (see Application Requirements above for more information).
  4. Submit your registration form.
  5. Allow up to two weeks for the program instructor(s) to review your application after submission. An email will be sent to you with the official decision.
  6. If accepted to the program, follow the steps in your acceptance email to make payment of the non-refundable registration fee and reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable registration fee* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form and access registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if the program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay.

We look forward to receiving your audition and application!

This registration fee is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins.

If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the waitlist, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable registration fee but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

How to Make Changes to My Registration

Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.











Program Dates

JUNE 19 - JULY 2, 2021

JULY 5 - JULY 18, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JUNE 19 - JULY 2: Camera Acting Summer Institute (Session A)

JULY 5-18: Camera Acting Summer Institute (Session B)

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.